Alienware 18 – Unboxing and first impressions

I just picked up the new Alienware 18 today. It is a pre production unit, and I’ll be testing it out for a couple of days or so. Already I’ve installed the games I’m currently playing, and some other essential programs. BUT, let’s start with the unboxing…

Here is the beauty in the box. The weight is not funny to lug around by public transport, but if I managed, you’ll be just fine.
I do suggest getting a really good carrying bag for this fella though. Something that will distribute the weight on both shoulders.
I like my equipment sturdy and knock-around-able, and this laptop definitely feels like it can take some of my abuse. It’s not recommended that you abuse it though!

The box is well padded, and the compartment on the left contains the power adaptor.
First look at the laptop and all I could say was “wah….” I was so busy ogling at it that I almost forgot to touch it.
The laptop is now made of magnesium alloy, and the LCD is housed in an anodized aluminum shell, which promises to be lighter and hardier than its predecessors.

Speaking of adaptors, here’s a comparison picture for you. The m17x adapter on the left and the Alienware 18 on the right.
For the long time followers of Alienware, the Alienware 18’s power adapter size is closer to their original range of Area 51 laptops.

Another change I discovered is that the power plugs into the left hand side of the laptop. Good for people dealing with shallow table spaces, because now you can push it right back to the wall.

Here’s another comparison pic between the m17x (left) and the Alienware 18 (right)
the look is definitely sleeker, and reminds me of my Area 51 m9750.

Here’s a comparison of the thickness of the laptops. m17x on the left.
I also definitely liked that they changed the angle of the front edge, even though some people might complain that the edge now digs into their wrists. It’s fine for me because there’s a large area to rest on to type.

And a final pic with both laptops on, open and side by side.
The Alienware 18 really makes the m17x look tiny!

This is just an initial impressions post about the laptop, I haven’t tested the performance yet, but will be doing so as soon as I sign off here…

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  1. Got m14x r2 last April, but I love the new sleek designs on the new lineups.

  2. Should use the word “brick” for the power adapter instead.

    Good effort!

  3. Just got a system exchange approved by Dell for my almost 2year old (62 days left in 2-year warranty =D) M14x R1.

    They are shipping out a brand new Alienware 14.

    These systems are sleek and sexy. The fact that I’m getting one for free just puts unnecessary icing on the already overladen cake =D

    • oo yeah… I think the power adaptor on the 14 isn’t as beastly as this one, which is a good thing!
      I had a problem with my area 51 a few years ago, and the live tech support sorted it out for me in less than 15 minutes.
      Very happy with their customer service!

  4. hi, can you put up more reviews, opinions, thoughts on your alienware 18??

    also, what is your specs?

    thank you!!

    • Sadly, I can’t at the moment… I had it on loan for a couple of days previously. When I DO get it, I’ll definitely post up a more in-depth post.

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  6. Specs please furryfish! 🙂

  7. I get mine soon.

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